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The Actor's Life: A Survival Guide

The Actor's Life: A Survival Guide
Your Price: $23.75 CDN
Author: Jenna Fischer
Foreword by: Steve Carell
Publisher: BenBella Books
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 255
Pub. Date: 2017
ISBN-10: 1944648224
ISBN-13: 9781944648220

About the Book:

Jenna Fischer's Hollywood journey began at the age of 22 when she moved to Los Angeles from her hometown of St. Louis. With a theatre degree in hand, she was determined, she was confident, she was ready to work hard. So, what could go wrong?

Uh, basically everything. The path to being a professional actor was so much more vast and competitive than she'd imagined. It would be eight long years of small acting gigs and endless day jobs before she landed her iconic role as Pam Beesly on The Office, nearly a decade of frustration, struggle, rejection and doubt.

If only she'd had a handbook for the aspiring actor. Or, better yet, someone to show her the way – an established actor who could educate her about the business, manage her expectations, and reassure her in those moments of despair. Jenna Fischer wants to be that person for you.

With amusing candor and wit, she spells out the nuts and bolts of getting established in the profession, based on her own memorable and hilarious experiences. In The Actor's Life: A Survival Guide, she tells you how to get the right headshot, what to look for in representation, how to conduct yourself on-set, and the importance of joining forces with other like-minded artists and creating your own work – invaluable advice personally acquired from her many years of struggle. Jenna Fischer provides helpful hints on how to be gutsy and take risks, the tricks to good auditioning and callbacks, and how not to fall for certain scams. (Auditions in a guy's apartment are probably not legit – or at least not for the kind of part you're looking for!)

Jenna Fischer's inspiring, helpful guidance will make you feel like you have a trusted friend who's made the journey, and has now returned to walk beside you, pointing out the pitfalls as you blaze your own path toward the life of a professional actor.

What people say:

"Lots of books talk about being an actor or about finding work as an actor or else chronicle someone's journey as an actor. But honestly, none of those books have felt as honest, as realistic, and yet as encouraging and optimistic as The Actor's Life by Jenna Fischer... a book every actor should read. And every non-actor. Just read it." — San Francisco Book Review

"I loved reading Jenna's honest and sincere appraisal of the actualities of breaking into, finding one's way, and then thriving in this business. I hope it is given out as a guidebook of sorts to any young actor when they land at LAX." — Jon Hamm

"In The Actor's Life, Jenna Fischer lays out exactly what aspiring actors can expect from this crazy, unpredictable industry both practically and emotionally. Nothing is sugar-coated, nor is it cynical. It's just reality, plain and simple. At every level of success, we are all just artists trying to figure it out day by day. That's the truth." — Christina Applegate

"If I had Jenna's book when I was a struggling actor it would have eased the pain and encouraged my journey. This is an insightful, funny, sweet story from one actor to another; we all need a leg up, a hand to hold, and the encouragement to keep going when we truly find our passion. Jenna manages to do that and more in this very helpful guide for an actor finding their way into the business." — Julianna Margulies

"Jenna Fischer's story is an excellent resource for anyone who is involved in the life of an actor. Much of this information was new to me; I have always respected the actor's journey, but now I am in awe of it. It's also entertaining from beginning to end." — Allison Jones, Casting Director

"How lucky for those who dream that Jenna Fischer has written this book and candidly explained the hard work, persistence, and delusion required to become a working actor. This book is generous, practical, and in the right hands will be a talisman for the deserving few who refuse to give up." — Matthew Weiner, creator of Mad Men

About the Author:

Jenna Fischer is an American actress best known for playing the character of receptionist Pam Beesley for nine seasons on the acclaimed television show The Office, for which she received an Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actress and two SAG Awards for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble Comedy.